Campaign Medal 1849
Campaign Medal 1849 - Bronze, very crisp detail, 31.2 mm, integral suspension with original ribbon, light contact, near extremely fine. Footnote: This medal was instituted by Grand Duke Leopold on August 9, 1849 and awarded to "all those who participated reproachlessly in the recent 1849 campaign against the insurgents". Baden, though increasingly prosperous, was not immune to the revolutionary fervour that swept Europe in 1848-1849. Armed insurrection broke out in both years, made more serious by the sympathy of much of the army to the insurgent cause. Matters came to a head in May and June of 1849, the Grand Duke and his government being obliged to flee the capital, Karlsruhe. At this point, Leopold requested the intervention of Prussia whose forces routed the rebels at Waghausel on June 20th. Leopold returned to Karlsruhe on August 10th and Prussian forces remained in Baden until order had been restored.